This week's game: Jackson State (0-0) at MSU (0-0), Saturday, 6 p.m., Fox Sports Net/ESPN3.com (Bob Rathbun play-by-play, Tim Couch analyst, Elizabeth Moreau sideline)
Josh Boyd will be enjoying more freedom this year. The senior has made the full-time switch to the three-technique defensive tackle spot, where Fletcher Cox used to play, and you can read about his transition in today's Journal (CLICK HERE).
"It's a lot more room for playmaking, so I like it a lot," Boyd said.
Moving from nose guard will give Boyd the chance to maximize his abilities. He's done pretty well for himself the past three seasons, recording 92 tackles, 15.5 tackles-for-loss and 8.0 sacks over 38 career games. He had career highs in each category last year: 51, 8.0 and 5.5.
So Boyd has shown that ability to make things happen in opposing backfields. This move should make him even more productive.
"Our system has been to put our best three-technique in a position to have one-on-one matchups," defensive coordinator Chris Wilson said. "Our three-technique allows us to do that. When you complement that with hopefully a defensive end position that we haven't had in the last two years, it's really going to allow him to have a little bit more freedom one-on-one."
Boyd has also taken on a leadership role, which is not something that comes easy to him. But he's doing what's necessary.
"I don't know if he'll ever be a captain, but he's really taken on that (leadership) role," Wilson said.
I have some video of Boyd, so CLICK HERE.
• Besides Dan Mullen, I spoke with 10 MSU players and coaches last night. That means I have plenty of material coming your way the rest of the week in the paper and here on the blog.
• More links for you: Also in today's Journal is my update on the MSU booster with whom the school has cut ties (CLICK HERE). The NCAA is very interested in this person, and I don't know for sure if they've spoken with the booster since that July 13 letter. AD Scott Stricklin has not responded to a question regarding that. … Basketball freshman Fred Thomas will be out for an estimated six weeks after he undergoes surgery today for a stress fracture in his right foot (CLICK HERE). … He's only a sophomore, but you might want to keep an eye on Amory quarterback Jon David Poss, who we wrote about today (CLICK HERE). I've covered him the past two weeks, and he's an impressive looking kid, especially for his age.